Single, inconspicuous incision minimizes visible scarring
Woman’s Hospital is now offering Hidden Scar breast surgery
, which minimizes visible scarring by removing cancerous tissue through a single, inconspicuous incision, usually along the edge of the nipple or the underside of the breast.
In 2016, Woman’s performed nearly 44,000 breast procedures. Breast surgery scars can significantly impact a woman’s self-confidence and body image. The Hidden Scar approach can help women through the emotional challenges of breast cancer by prioritizing cosmetic outcomes as much as clinical outcomes.
The Hidden Scar technique may be used for several procedures, including nipple-sparing mastectomies, which remove all underlying breast tissue while keeping the breast skin and nipple area intact; lumpectomies, also known as breast conserving surgeries, which remove the tumor and a small area of surrounding healthy breast tissue while saving the majority of the breast; and sentinel lymph node biopsies, which remove lymph nodes from under the arm to test whether cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
A patient’s eligibility for Hidden Scar breast surgery depends on her tumor size and location as well as her breast shape and size.